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How to deter feral cats?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by PulletSurpriseWinner, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. PulletSurpriseWinner

    PulletSurpriseWinner In the Brooder

    Jun 27, 2011
    Our "babies" will be ready to move outside soon. While we're building them a very secure "fortress" (welded wire run all around their coop, electrified fencing), our neighborhood has a feral cat problem. We live in a very remote community with both summer and year-round residents. Sometimes the summer complaints will abandon a cat for the rest of us to "enjoy". They invariable become established and wreak havoc on our songbirds, including endangered purple finches.

    Our idiot neighbor, who feeds the birds himself, also feeds the feral cats. He calls them silly pet names, and calls them in for free feedings (but doesn't go so far as to adopt them). He's established a community of them here, and I keep finding them in the yard. They know the chickens are in the basement and hang out near the door. I doubt they have a chance to get our babies, but the constant, evil presence would have to be stressful for them! Any ideas on how to deter these nuisance cats from coming around?

  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    You could start making them disappear... [​IMG] Or, get a chicken-friendly dog.
  3. Robertbrown

    Robertbrown In the Brooder

    Jun 6, 2010
    West Central Florida
    Thats a shame. People don't realize the implications with feeding stray cats. Soon the numbers will double as the feed gives them a gathering place.
    Most communities have a system in place to deal with feral animals. You are most likely taxed to pay for these services. These animals will have to be captured and most likely euthanized, a sad but necessary method of control.
    I suggest you do your homework and see what your local government will do to rectify this situation as it is only going to get worse.
    Good luck and keep us informed of your progress.
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2011
  4. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
  5. nurseshelly

    nurseshelly Songster

    Feb 24, 2011
    Gilbert AZ
    Quote:A few little dogs and a dog door ... works for us [​IMG] Specifically our dog Elsa, doesn't bug the chickens, but chases cats when they are in the back yard. She does not chase our cat inside - LOL! She also doesn't chase one certain cat that looks exactly like our previous cat we had to put to sleep a few years ago. She plays with that cat, maybe she thinks it is Hobbes and he just comes to visit now? When both cats were alive, we would always think Hobbes got out the dog door and we would run out to catch him, but he was inside sleeping somewhere. The thing that gave it away was, the other cat could jump the fence, and Hobbes was never out long enough to figure that out. All other cats get chased away.
  6. oneofseven

    oneofseven Songster

    Mar 27, 2011
    Augusta, Ga
    call the local animal shelter and ask for some traps. That's what they get paid to do.
  7. puredelite

    puredelite Songster

    Live animal trap( Havaheart type) baited with sardines or cat food and a container of water large enough to submerge trap. Works quietly without fail!

  8. Darklingstorm

    Darklingstorm Songster

    Jan 10, 2011
    Durant, Oklahoma
    Live traps and the local animal shelter is my friend when it comes to feral cats. Yes they might actually be someones pet, but if they want their pet back they can always go to the shelter and retrieve it.
    Also ground red pepper sprinkled in doorways will discourage cats & dogs from sniffing around areas you don't want them to get a scent for (like around a basement doorways). Cats are very sneaky and it only take a moment for one to slip by you and stay hidden till you leave, I know this from experience. If you can refrain from using the outside door to the basement all together, it will eliminate that threat.
    Anything you can do to make your property as unfriendly to cats as possible is a big bonus. Motion activated sprinklers for example. Turn your back with the run gate open and a cat will take advantage.
    By the way I have a cat and he is 12 years old, love him to pieces would trade him for the world, but he has shown me just how sneaky & fast a cat can be when wanting to get to something.
  9. thekid

    thekid Songster

    Quote:X2 SSS
  10. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand

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